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Publisher Comments:

Denise Hamilton, hailed by the Chicago Sun-Times as "one of the brightest new stars in the mystery world," delivers a riveting new novel in her critically acclaimed series featuring her uniquely appealing heroine — sassy, street-smart Los Angeles Times reporter Eve Diamond.

Set in L.A.'s vibrant Russian immigrant community, where new money and raw power collide with hidden agendas left over from the Cold War, Prisoner of Memory confirms Hamilton's reputation as one of the most astute writers of engrossing, atmospheric crime fiction, illuminating the social realities of contemporary Los Angeles.

While investigating the sighting of a mountain lion in L.A.'s Griffith Park, Eve comes across the body of a teenage boy who has been shot to death execution-style. The son of a Russian émigré scientist, the victim was an exemplary student with no ties to gangs or drugs. Was his murder a random act of violence, the result of a teenage love triangle, or the work of the Russian Mafia? Eve, also the child of Russian immigrants, feels an instant rapport with the boy's grief-stricken father, Sasha Lukin, a cultured old-world gentleman who she senses is not telling her all he knows about his son's murder.

Forced to partner on the story with her newsroom rival, police reporter Josh Brandywine, whose interest in her turns disconcertingly personal, Eve uncovers connections between the victim's family and a fascinating, chameleon-like FBI agent and a brutal Russian mobster who warns Eve not to pry into the teenager's death. Complicating Eve's pursuit of the story is the arrival at her door of a young Russian man who claims to be her long-lost cousin. Is he truly a link to the family she thought she'd lost or an impostor sent by the Russian mob to spy on her?

As the violence surrounding the Lukin family escalates to encompass Eve, and as she moves closer to unraveling the motives of a brilliant, vengeful killer, Prisoner of Memory races to a thrilling resolution that holds surprising personal revelations about Eve herself.

Review:

"Eve Diamond, having investigated Southern California's Asian and Latino communities, tackles the Russians in Hamilton's entertaining, well-researched fifth thriller to feature the ambitious L.A. Times reporter (after 2005's Savage Garden). Eve is following reports of a mountain lion in Griffith Park when she discovers the bullet-ridden body of Dennis Lukin, the teenage son of recent Russian émigrés. That night, Eve is visited by Mischa Tsipin, an illegal Russian immigrant running from gangsters to whom he owes money and claiming to be a cousin of Eve's (her mother was Russian). At considerable personal risk, the indefatigable Eve sorts through false identities and changing alliances, confronting old and new Russian émigrés and their mafia as well as her own family history. Lending support are FBI agent Thomas Clavendish, an intractable cold warrior, and her reporter colleague, Josh Brandywine. As usual, Hamilton richly evokes seething, polyglot L.A., but the reader's suspension of disbelief may sag by the final shootout under the weight of too many coincidences and subplots." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Eve Diamond, having investigated Southern California's Asian and Latino communities, tackles the Russians in Hamilton's entertaining, well-researched fifth thriller to feature the ambitious L.A. Times reporter (after 2005's Savage Gardens). Eve is following reports of a mountain lion in Griffith Park when she discovers the bullet-ridden body of Dennis Lukin, the teenage son of recent Russian migrs. That night, Eve is visited by Mischa Tsipin, an illegal Russian immigrant running from gangsters to whom he owes money and claiming to be a cousin of Eve's (her mother was Russian). At considerable personal risk, the indefatigable Eve sorts through false identities and changing alliances, confronting old and new Russian migrs and their mafia as well as her own family history. Lending support are FBI agent Thomas Clavendish, an intractable cold warrior, and her reporter colleague, Josh Brandywine. As usual, Hamilton richly evokes seething, polyglot L.A., but the reader's suspension of disbelief may sag by the final shootout under the weight of too many coincidences and subplots." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"As always, the search for the truth will mean digging deep into the suspects' lives. Readers may wonder, however, why the reporter's stories increasingly turn out to be all about Eve." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The Eve Diamond series is the best thing to hit the L.A. crime novel scene since Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch." David Montgomery, Mystery Ink

Review:

"The most gripping and far-reaching of Denise Hamilton's celebrated Eve Diamond novels yet. A deeply realized exploration of the shattering power of personal memory and public history." Michael Andre Bernstein, author of Conspirators

About the Author

Denise Hamilton is a Los Angeles-based writer-journalist and the author of the Eve Diamond novels Savage Garden, Last Lullaby (named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2004), Sugar Skull, and The Jasmine Trade, which was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Willa Awards, as well as Britain's prestigious Creasey Memorial Dagger. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two children. Visit her website at www.denisehamilton.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743261944
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Hamilton, Denise
Author:
Hamilton Denise
Subject:
Teenagers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Women journalists
Subject:
Fiction : Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Series:
Eve Diamond Novels
Series Volume:
05
Publication Date:
April 4, 2006
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.30x6.30x1.21 in. 1.16 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Eve Diamond, having investigated Southern California's Asian and Latino communities, tackles the Russians in Hamilton's entertaining, well-researched fifth thriller to feature the ambitious L.A. Times reporter (after 2005's Savage Garden). Eve is following reports of a mountain lion in Griffith Park when she discovers the bullet-ridden body of Dennis Lukin, the teenage son of recent Russian émigrés. That night, Eve is visited by Mischa Tsipin, an illegal Russian immigrant running from gangsters to whom he owes money and claiming to be a cousin of Eve's (her mother was Russian). At considerable personal risk, the indefatigable Eve sorts through false identities and changing alliances, confronting old and new Russian émigrés and their mafia as well as her own family history. Lending support are FBI agent Thomas Clavendish, an intractable cold warrior, and her reporter colleague, Josh Brandywine. As usual, Hamilton richly evokes seething, polyglot L.A., but the reader's suspension of disbelief may sag by the final shootout under the weight of too many coincidences and subplots." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Eve Diamond, having investigated Southern California's Asian and Latino communities, tackles the Russians in Hamilton's entertaining, well-researched fifth thriller to feature the ambitious L.A. Times reporter (after 2005's Savage Gardens). Eve is following reports of a mountain lion in Griffith Park when she discovers the bullet-ridden body of Dennis Lukin, the teenage son of recent Russian migrs. That night, Eve is visited by Mischa Tsipin, an illegal Russian immigrant running from gangsters to whom he owes money and claiming to be a cousin of Eve's (her mother was Russian). At considerable personal risk, the indefatigable Eve sorts through false identities and changing alliances, confronting old and new Russian migrs and their mafia as well as her own family history. Lending support are FBI agent Thomas Clavendish, an intractable cold warrior, and her reporter colleague, Josh Brandywine. As usual, Hamilton richly evokes seething, polyglot L.A., but the reader's suspension of disbelief may sag by the final shootout under the weight of too many coincidences and subplots." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "As always, the search for the truth will mean digging deep into the suspects' lives. Readers may wonder, however, why the reporter's stories increasingly turn out to be all about Eve."
"Review" by , "The Eve Diamond series is the best thing to hit the L.A. crime novel scene since Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch."
"Review" by , "The most gripping and far-reaching of Denise Hamilton's celebrated Eve Diamond novels yet. A deeply realized exploration of the shattering power of personal memory and public history."
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